Lately, whenever I am starting to feel anxious or feel like I am coming down with some virus, I find myself in front of my computer looking at comedy clips on YouTube. My latest discovery, The Impractical Jokers: a show about four longtime friends competing to embarrass each other. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve laughed myself to tears watching those videos.
The question though, is why do I feel a need to laugh while I am anxious or fighting some virus that is going around? Can there be some kind of scientific reason to explain why I feel calmer after watching these vide-os? or why I am lucky enough not to get sick when everyone else in my household seems to get something that is going around?
In the fast paced world we live in, it is easy to get lost in the seriousness of it all and forget about ourselves and about having fun. We are con-stantly faced with stress and it slowly wears us down physically, emo-tionally and spiritually. If only there was a simple way for us to build resil-ience to our everyday stresses while increasing our sense of well-being. Well, there just might be: laughter.
Over the past few years, we have seen an increase in laughter based activities such as laughter therapy, laughter yoga, and many others. At first it might sound a little strange but after looking at some of the re-search on the effects of laughter, there just might be something to it.
We’ve all heard the expression laughter is the best medicine, but it might be interesting to know a little more about the healing properties of laugh-ter. Here are some interesting research findings about the effects of laughter.
• Puts us in a better mood.
• Lowers blood pressure.
• Lowers stress.
• Improves cardiac health.
• Increases immune.
In fact, it has been said that laughing for one full minute can increase your immune system for twenty-four hours!
Not only is laughing good for us physically, it can also do wonders for our social bonds with other people. When a group of people laugh to-gether, they are sharing a fun moment together that can enhance their feelings of belongingness within the group and make them feel closer to each other. Sharing good moments with friends and colleagues also has a positive effect on our well being.
What makes you laugh?